General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Xavier Bartrolí Pascual
Núria Salse Ubach 

Teaching languages

  • English


Basic skills
  • CB4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience, both specialized and non-specialized

  • CB2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study

  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • CE5_Know and assess the nutritional needs of healthy people with health problems throughout the life cycle, to promote and strengthen patterns of healthy eating behavior. Identify the nutrients and foods in which they are found. Identify the most prevalent nutritional problems and select the appropriate dietary recommendations.

  • CE10_Know and identify the psychological and physical problems arising from gender violence to train the student in the prevention, early detection, assistance, and rehabilitation of victims of this form of violence

  • CE15_Direct, evaluate and perform comprehensive nursing care, to the individual, the family and the community

General competencies
  • CG4_Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context

  • CG5_Design care systems aimed at individuals, families or groups, evaluating their impact and establishing the appropriate modifications

  • CG6_Basing nursing interventions on scientific evidence and available media

  • CG7_Understand without prejudice to people, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, guaranteeing the right to privacy, through confidentiality and professional secrecy

  • CG17_Perform nursing care based on comprehensive health care, which involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care

  • CG19_Enjoy autonomy and critical ability to use ICT

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


Health is a basic pillar in human development both at the individual and collective level and it is in developing countries where this becomes even more evident. To be able to strengthen this pillar and respond to health needs in these countries, it is necessary to understand what are the main health problems that the population has to face and know different strategies to respond to them, especially in those more critical circumstances such as they are natural disasters, epidemics and massive displacements of population.

At the moment, we are facing a new situation, that of climate change, which has significantly increased people's vulnerability to the impact of extreme weather phenomena, so that the most vulnerable people are exposed to hurricanes, torrential rains or droughts that affect health, food security and the nutritional situation. The prolonged, extreme drought situation in the Horn of Africa region (which includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) is a clear example, with more than 36 million people suffering from food insecurity and approximately 1,5 million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

In addition, globalization and migratory movements favor the appearance and / or spread in our environment of diseases that we considered extinct or that had never existed in our environment or, as we have recently observed with COVID19, the appearance of new diseases that spread to pandemics.

For all this, this subject offers an introduction to the world of International Health, International Cooperation and more specifically to Humanitarian Action in order to learn about different strategies to respond to the different health problems in the humanitarian field: acute malnutrition, epidemics (Cholera, Ebola, Measles, Malaria, ) and non-contagious diseases among others; and a presentation of the main tropical diseases to which expatriate staff are exposed in the field and the imported tropical diseases present in our territory.

At the end of the subject the student will be able to describe the main current trends in International Health, identify the main elements of International Cooperation and in particular Humanitarian Action, describe the main health problems present in humanitarian crises and the response to these problems, know the stages of project cycle management and detail the essential elements of each of them, identify the nursing role in a humanitarian response, as well as recognize the main tropical diseases present in the field and the measures of prevention for each of them and the imported tropical diseases present in our territory.


Unit 1: International Health

Unit 2: International Cooperation

Unit 3: Introduction to Humanitarian Action and the main health problems in humanitarian crises

Unit 4: Most frequent epidemics in the humanitarian field and how to deal with them

Unit 5: Addressing non-communicable diseases and Sexual and Reproductive Health in humanitarian crises

Unit 6: Natural Disasters and mass influx of patients

Unit 7: Health response to conflict situations

Unit 8: Addressing acute malnutrition in humanitarian crises

Unit 9: Main imported pathologies

Unit 10: Case study

Unit 11: The role of nursing in the humanitarian field

Evaluation system

The system for evaluating the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different evaluation activities for Subject 8 - Optionality:


Evaluation system

Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting

SE1. Exam




SE2. Individual works




SE3. Teamwork




SE4. Classroom participation




SE5. Seminars





A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.



Sphere Manual 2018


A Bed for the Night; Humanitarianism in Crisis (David Rieff Simon & Schuster, 2002. 367 pp. IBSN 0 684 80977 X)

MSF technical guides

Refugee Health Guide

Dictionary of Humanitarian Action and Development Cooperation